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Worms on

Posted by wanda_illinois Z 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 7, 09 at 12:09

These worms are on my milkweed plants.

I wonder if soapy water will kill them?
I don't want to spray an insecticide because of the butterflies and cats.

Has anyone ever had them?

Here is a link that might be useful: worms

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RE: Worms on

Dear Wanda,
I had them caterpillars on my Milkweed in Florida, but I had enough of the MW so I did not worry, I actually brought some inside and raised them like I did with all my other caterpillars..Yes, they are not Monarchs but they are a pretty kind of moth,just the caterpillars are
It depends on you if you wanna raise them, or handpick them or move them to Dogbane which they also love..
I definetely would not spray the Milkweed with any insecticide..
Good Luck

Here is a link that might be useful: Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar

RE: Worms on

Maybe you could find a patch of wild milkweed you could move them to?

Are you thinking of dunking them into a jar of soapy water? That would be better than spraying them with it because the Monarch cats would also be affected.

RE: Worms on

Thanks alot for all the info.
If it is a moth worm and nothing bad, then I will leave it alone.
I don't know where a patch of wild milkweed would be. Mine is in my yard.

RE: Worms on

I think they are cute as caterpillars. I wish I had them here. I have milkweed galore going to waste.

RE: Worms on

If I had them on my milkweed, I would probably smash them. Only thing I want on my milkweed is the monarch cats (come on, I've been waiting for them). Since I use my swamp milkweed as an ornamental, I want it to look nice as well as attract monarchs.

RE: Worms on

  • Posted by tdr4 MS Zone 9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 8, 09 at 21:06

I, too have milkweed with nothing on it. I would just let them be.

RE: Worms on

Thank you.
I will just let them alone and hope they don't devour the whole milkweed before the monarchs get her.

RE: Worms on

They do eat quite a bit.

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